Opening its doors for the very first time in 2015, Seaton Jurassic promises to offer visitors the 250 million-year story of evolution, wildlife and geology on the Jurassic Coast.
Over a decade in the planning, this £4m visitor attraction will take advantage of Seaton’s geologically unique location, with examples of the Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous eras all within a short distance.
Set to contain an interactive exhibition celebrating the wealth of natural wonders in the area, Seaton Jurassic will provide detailed displays on the Undercliffs National Nature Reserve, Beer’s iconic chalk cliffs and the Axe Estuary, an internationally important habitat for migrating waterfowl and containing several Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
The site will also house Seaton’s new Tourist Information Centre, providing an invaluable resource to anyone visiting the Jurassic Coast and share a central position with the southern terminus of the Seaton Tramway, which attracts 10,000 visitors every year.
In development since 2001, the finished attraction will represent the cumulative efforts of the resident-run Seaton Visitor Centre Trust, three local authorities and a number of generous donations from the Heritage Lottery Fund. On completion, running of the centre will be handed over to the Devon Wildlife Trust, a charitable organisation dedicated to protecting the natural heritage of the county.
The Seaton Jurassic team hope to have the welcome area, cafe and shop open by July ‘15 and the completed exhibition halls ready by Christmas.